Faced with a dizzying spike in the rate of rhino killings, South Africa has announced that it is deploying a reconnaissance aircraft to combat poaching.
Officials at the internationally famed Kruger National Park said the military aircraft is equipped with highly sophisticated surveillance technology — including thermal imaging — and would be deployed to detect poachers looking for rhino horn.
The aircraft was donated to South African National Parks (SANParks) by the Ichikowitz Family Foundation, whose chairperson also runs a defence company.
"You have to fight fire with fire," said Ivor Ichikowitz, chairperson of the foundation and also chair of Paramount Group, Africa's largest privately held defence and aerospace company....
Via Wildlife Margrit